Executive Director, Breast Cancer Resource Center

Employer
Breast Cancer Resource Center
Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 31, 2022

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Position Type
Executive
Fields
Advocacy, Education, Health
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall success of the BCRC and for developing organizational goals, operating plans, policies, and short-term and long-range objectives. The ED manages overall operations by directing and coordinating activities consistent with the organization's mission, values, and strategic plan. The ED will manage and supervise staff and work closely with the BCRC Board. He/she ensures that internal operations and external activities comply with applicable laws, contracts, and regulations. In addition, the ED will provide leadership to BCRC regarding its mission, vision, long-range and short-term goals, and strategic planning.

THE ORGANIZATION

General Information
The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, provides support to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. BCRC strives to embody understanding while preserving the patient’s dignity by always seeing the individual as well as the disease.

History
Prior to the 1990’s, a woman with breast cancer had very little help available to her in Central Texas. There was no one to help her cope with the fact she had cancer. No one to provide proof that she, too, could get through the experience. From within this reality, two women, Ann and Sherry, who were in the midst of treatment formed a bond through their shared experience and it soon became undeniable that having the support of someone who understood what they were going through was huge.

In 1995, these women teamed up with several others (two nurses and a social worker among them) and founded the BCRC. Starting with a helpline and a support group they formed a "database" of survivors who could encourage other women. The training was simple and focused on how to be a good listener, how to provide understanding, and how to communicate hope.

For the past 27 years, BCRC has been dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of those touched by breast cancer and has become much more than a volunteer helpline. As treatment for breast cancer gets more sophisticated, it also becomes more complex. Today, BCRC assists in overcoming obstacles related to accessing screening and treatment services, adhering to treatment plans, and confronting the issues that affect the patient’s quality of life.

Through it all, BCRC’s goal has remained the same - help individuals diagnosed with breast cancer chart a course and find their way forward - in the way that’s right for them.

Governance and Finances
The BCRC is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors (Board) and administered by a five-member executive team. The Board serves in an advisory capacity and works closely with the Executive Director to develop, review, and approve all strategic planning, budgets, and operational policies of the organization. Currently, the BCRC has a $1.7 million annual operating budget and is in solid financial health.

Guidance and Education
The BCRC is a place where patients can ask questions, explore options, and connect with a diverse community of survivors, lifers, and thrivers who can relate in a way no one else can. BCRC offers patients a variety of support options aimed at answering questions and providing a safe environment in which patients can make informed decisions about their care. In addition to video resources, support groups, physician, and healthcare profession forums, BCRC offers a dynamic staff of Patient Navigators. These individuals, who are breast cancer survivors and also Certified Community Health Workers through the Texas Department of State Health Services, serve as a patient’s one-on-one personal breast cancer guide providing individualized care from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship.

Fundraising
Donations received from BCRC’s supporters and partners enable the organization to offer patient navigation and support programs free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer regardless of income, ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, or social support.

BCRC’s signature fundraising event, Art Bra® Austin, raises over $700,000 annually and celebrates the amazing women who survive breast cancer. Every year, Austin’s talented community of artists, designers, and jewelers submit their original works of wearable art to be showcased by Art Bra® Austin Models who are breast cancer survivors and clients of BCRC.

THE OPPORTUNITY 

Role
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall success of the BCRC and for developing organizational goals, operating plans, policies, and short-term and long-range objectives. The ED manages overall operations by directing and coordinating activities consistent with the organization's mission, values, and strategic plan. The ED will manage and supervise staff and work closely with the BCRC Board. He/she ensures that internal operations and external activities comply with applicable laws, contracts, and regulations. In addition, the ED will provide leadership to BCRC regarding its mission, vision, long-range and short-term goals, and strategic planning.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the continued visionary development of the BCRC, engaging staff, Board, client communities, and other stakeholders in service to clients.
  • Attract, supervise, develop, and retain a dedicated and appropriately skilled staff.
  • Promote and maintain a culture within the BCRC that effectively engages staff in its mission-driven work and sets the tone for positive interactions with BCRC donors, funders, partners, volunteers, clients, and the surrounding community.
  • Maintain BCRC’s visibility and leadership role among breast cancer services organizations and coordinate its work with other groups working in the cancer services area.
  • Ensure the organization’s financial health and stability through sound financial planning and management, including preparation of budgets, oversight of financial systems and internal controls, and compliance with contractual and grant requirements and funder expectations.
  • Work with the organization’s professional development team to maintain and grow a diversified resource development program of individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, foundation grants, government grants, and contracts.

Personnel & Operations Management

  • Design, lead and implement plans for organizational expansion.
  • Hire, train, coach, supervise, and retain staff, including developing job descriptions and performance standards and monitoring work activities.
  • Foster a positive work culture that champions positive relationships and high morale, courageous conversations, entrepreneurial thinking, collaboration, personal accountability, diversity, and self-care.
  • Draft and implement personnel policies and procedures to support day-to-day operations.
  • Develop performance standards; establish clear goals and direction for staff according to BCRC’s mission and vision.
  • Conduct and oversee performance evaluations.
  • Review, negotiate, and sign off on all agreements and partnerships made on behalf of the organization.
  • Directly manage the Director of Operations, Chief Development Officer, and Chief Program Officer.
  • Create an environment that fosters excellent performance by demonstrating a high level of integrity, work ethic, and commitment to meeting deadlines and other work-related obligations.
  • Enhance employee performance by motivating, coaching, mentoring, rewarding, and addressing performance concerns as required.
  • Ensure staff opportunities for professional growth.
  • Effectively manage staff by providing clear expectations, constructive feedback, and challenging assignments.
  • Recruit, hire, develop, and terminate staff; oversee performance evaluations, salary adjustments, organizational structure, and personnel policy changes.

Program & Financial Management

  • Ensure BCRC has a long-range strategy that makes consistent and timely progress toward achieving its mission.
  • Provide leadership in working with the Board and staff to develop programs and organizational and financial plans, and implement the plans and policies authorized by the Board.
  • Ensure the organization employs sound financial and administrative practices.
  • Work with the Treasurer and Board in preparing an annual budget and ensuring the organization’s financial integrity.
  • Prudently manage the organization’s resources budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
  • Keep the Board fully informed on all crucial factors influencing the condition of BCRC.
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Implement best practices and sound strategy to ensure appropriate management of BCRC resources.

Board Relations

  • Grow, maintain, and support Board recruitment and membership.
  • Motivate, guide, and hold the Board accountable to establish, evaluate, and meet organizational goals.
  • Attend Board meetings and provide reports and updates that support Board members in decision-making.
  • Maintain consistent communication and collaborative relationships with Board members.
  • Obtain approval for budgets, public relations, fundraising, and sponsor opportunities as appropriate.

Public Outreach

  • Raise the profile of BCRC by actively and effectively representing the organization to the medical community, clients, funders, community leaders, and the community at large, and implement sound advocacy, marketing, and public relations strategies.
  • Cultivate relationships with community stakeholders, allies, and community partners.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

Leadership

  • An innovative leader who leads by example, hiring competent self-starters and displaying cooperation, creative thinking, and a willingness to invest in big ideas with calculated risk.
  • An exceptional and inspiring communicator, in both written and oral communication, whether addressing audiences in large conferences, public venues, fundraising events, or in one-on-one conversations.
  • An engaged, open, and communicative manager whose collaborative style fosters workplace excellence and mutual staff support.
  • A service-oriented person who empowers colleagues, staff, and the community by virtue of her/his knowledge, experience, creativity, vision, and dedication to the mission of the BCRC.
  • An entrepreneurial leader with a unifying style of leadership that promotes innovation and the generation of new and creative ideas and builds trust and credibility among the entire team.

Experience

  • At least five years of senior management experience, preferably in a nonprofit environment; ED or CEO experience preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in fiscal management and oversight, including budget development, cash flow, and fund development.
  • Three years of experience proactively working with a Board.
  • Experience as a cancer services advocate or a deep understanding of issues faced by individuals with cancer and their families is highly desirable.
  • Experience in public relations/marketing, grant writing, and drafting organizational policies and procedures preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google, Salesforce, and social media platforms.
  • Skills & Knowledge
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource modeling, leadership techniques, and coordination and motivation of people and resources.
  • Effective fundraising and storytelling skills and the ability to speak persuasively and represent BCRC at community gatherings, meetings, and donor events.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish credibility with funders, granting organizations, and the community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the capability to convey information in a clear, concise manner.
  • Proven effectiveness as a public speaker.
  • Strong planning and organizing proficiencies that allow one to manage multiple projects effectively in a results-oriented environment.
  • Proven organizational skills including a talent for managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, meeting deadlines, and producing high-quality results rapidly.
  • Understanding of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, and training.

Personal Characteristics

  • A hardworking individual who fully dedicates her/his energy to a cause and is willing to “go beyond the job description,” including extending extra effort when necessary to see projects to successful conclusions.
  • A strong community builder and networker who develops authentic relationships with ease and uses opportunities to connect people with similar goals and aspirations.
  • An empathetic and compassionate individual with a warm and welcoming style.
  • One who listens to and considers others’ ideas before deciding on a course of action.
  • A results-oriented person who also recognizes the importance of team building and unites BCRC’s employees and volunteers in pursuit of a common goal.

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